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UD at the World Urban Forum 2020

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The Urban Development department at Technical University of Berlin - Campus El Gouna alongside the Faculty of Spatial Science, University of Groningen, The Netherlands are pleased to announce our participation in WUF10 Abu Dhabi 8-13 February 2020.

We would like to invite you to join our Side Event SDG29: "In culturally informed pursuit of SDGs: A critical examination of urban innovations in Asia, Europe, and the MENA-region" for an inside look at the international exchange between Asian, European and MENA-Region experiences on innovative urbanization tools used in SDGs implementation in culturally led developments

Our Speakers: Dr. Ing. Hassan Elmouelhi (Technical University of Berlin - Campus El Gouna); Dr. Fatima Mayada Al-Nammari (Petra University); Ms. Juhyun Lee (University of Groningen); Mr. Thai Nguyen Van Quoc (University of Groningen)

And Panelists: Dr. Mohab Elrefaie (Senior Adviser Policy Framework, GIZ Egypt); Dr. Fatima Al-Nammari (Petra University); Dr. Nguyen Quang (UN-Habitat Vietnam); Prof. Dr. Ron Holzhacker (University of Groningen)

For more details access SDG29 in the following link: https://wuf.unhabitat.org/wuf10-programme/sdgs-action

Don't forget to tune in for more updates;
Your participation is highly appreciated, so we are looking forward to our frutiful discussions

Universities as Partners for Capacity Building in Urban Development in the MENA-Region

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A contribution of Technische Universität Berlin Campus El Gouna to the Sector Network Governance MENA (GoMENA) workshop on “Capacity Development in International Cooperation: Successes and Potentials” organized by the German Cooperation for International Development (GIZ). The workshop took place Dec 6-8, 2019, El Gouna, Egypt.

On Dec 7, TU Berlin staff and students contributed the following:

“Implementing Global Agendas on the Local Level” - Dr. Hassan Elmouelhi presented approaches to implementing and disseminating SDGs in partnership between universities, international development and local partners through the “Urban Thinkers Campus El Gouna” (2018) and two “Localizing SDGs workshops” (2019) with stakeholders from eight Egyptian municipalities (with Felix Döhler from GIZ City WORKS)

“Capacity Building for UD-Graduates” - Papon Dev and Theodor Skaufel presented how continuing education masters can contribute to capacity building among its graduates through real-life case studies in term project (as part of the Urban Development master’s program) and the development and contextualization of analysis tools (the example of the governance index).

“Capacity Building in Urban Development Master Thesis” – Salma Ellakany and Maher Hassan presented via the examples of their master thesis how students can analyze, problematize and contribute to capacity building of local stakeholders.

“Role of Universities in Capacity Building for Urban Development” – Martin Meyer moderated a discussion on opportunities and challenges of cooperation between academia and the development sector.

“Field Visit to an Upgraded Informal Neighborhood – Fishermen’s Area in Hurghada” – Taghreed Sakout led a field visit to the area, introducing the group to upgrading and formalization processes in informal residential areas and formal development projects around the harbor and marina.

Urban Mobility Mapping in Red Sea: Case of Hurghada

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Every research starts with data collection …


The Urban Development Department (TU Berlin Campus El Gouna), in cooperation with  Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (Ain Shams University), organized the Workshop: “Urban Mobility Mapping in Red Sea: Case of Hurghada”  between the 25th-30th November 2019 in Hurghada, funded by DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service.

The workshop aimed to analyse mobility in Hurghada at different locations taking into consideration the needs of different user groups. The program invited students from various Egyptian universities from different cities, nationalities and backgrounds to come together and learn more about human-centered mobility planning. During the week, the participants received inputs from German and Egyptian experts covering the topics cycling, culture, public transport mapping, gender-equality in mobility planning and sustainable transport modes. This new gained knowledge was applied during the field work and data collection that played a crucial part during the workshop. At the end of the workshop participants have gained a better understanding of the current mobility situation in Hurghada, with the results presented in the form of mobility maps. The workshop was coordinated by Denise Kramer, and the project lead by Dr. Hassan Elmouelhi (UD) and Prof. Mohamed Salheen (IUSD).

From 25th-30th November a group of 30 participants from various Egyptian universities gathered to explore and map the urban mobility situation in Hurghada.

After receiving some basic information regarding mobility and Hurghada as a case study, a city tour gave the students a practical overview of the city and its various characteristics like the fish market, the touristic promenade, the pedestrian zone of Nasr street that was newly built as a city landmarks for recreation. The mornings of days started with a diverse range of input talks creating a multidimensional picture of different topics shaping our urban mobility in Egypt and outside.

  • Denise Kramer and Dr. Hassan Elmouelhi (TU Berlin): Urban Mobility Mapping in the context of Hurghada.
  • Heba Attia Mousa (Tabdeel) “Promoting cycling mobility in Egypt”.
  • Dr. Helga Jonuschat (Dornier Consulting International) “Last Mile Mobility as building block for sustainable mobility”.
  • Abdelrahman Melegy (Transport for Cairo) “Multi-Modal Transportation Mapping”.
  • Nouran Salah (Cairo Cycling Geckos) “Bicycle as a tool of empowerment”.
  • Dr. Ahmed ElDorghamy (CEDARE, Green Arm) “Better societies through diverse mobility offers”.

Throughout the workshop, participants were divided into groups working on five different sites around Hurghada as well as one group aiming to generalize the field work findings to draft mobility planning guidelines. The group work consisted of several field trips to the assigned locations where the participants mapped mobility related data and conducted interviews with citizens to learn more about the challenges and needs for mobility planning to be taken into consideration. The workshop was summed up by presenting the results of each workshop group and finished with a ceremony by the beach to receive the workshop certificates.

It has been a pleasure for the organizers to work with such a diverse group of very dedicated students. Special thanks to Engy Samir, Nada Samir, Joseph Milad and Yara El Maghrabi (Ain Shams University IUSD) for their support in the organization.

Amsterdam Excursion

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Twenty-one young urban developers from the class of 2018 and 2017 visited Amsterdam and Rotterdam from 7th until 9th of July to explore the Dutch take on city planning, participation and city branding.

On the first day in Amsterdam the various stages of development since the 15th century until today have been explored and ended with a visit to the fascinating hidden church museum “onse lieve heer op Solder”. The second day started with an expertise presentation on the unique approach of Amsterdam’s city marketing by the Geerte Udo, CEO of Amsterdam Partners, the organisation responsible for the I Amsterdam brand, and a presentation by Margriet Schavemaker, artistic director of the Amsterdam Museum on the municipal museum as network museum; how to combine city identity, participation and city history. In the afternoon the group met with Pi de Bruijn, partner at the Architecten Cie (and long time architect and urban planner of many parts and iconic buildings in the Netherlands) and Bas Horsting, owner of basta-urbanism, jointly responsible as urban planners for the regeneration area of NDSM Terrein. In NDSM, high densities are combined with typological variation. Due to the close and realistic cooperation with the real estate partner Pie and Bas are creating a successful neighbourhood. The second day was all about participation processes. As many other cities, Amsterdam is confronted with a rapid urban expansion. How does the municipality deal with participation and accessibility for all citizens, amidst the dynamics of planners, real estate partners and citizens lobby groups? The answers were found at the visit of the expansion area “Zeeheldenbuurt” with the Participatory Agent Jeroen van Dalen and Area Coordinator Maureen Linthout from the Municipality of Amsterdam. Jeroen and Maureen inspired the group enormously on facing the sometimes complex and challenging dynamics of urban expansion, both internal in the municipality as with external stakeholders. Finally the excursion ended with a visit to UD Staff member Paul van der Kuil’s inspiring home town: Rotterdam.

Thanks to all contributors and participants the Amsterdam Excursion was a great success!

El Gouna as University Town

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From the 25th until the 28th of January 2019 an energetic group of Architecture students from the Architectural Association of the American University in Cairo visited the Department of Urban Development for a 4 day workshop on the theme "El Gouna as University Town". The students were asked to design a dorm facility with 50 rooms and an ancillary function that would meet also integrate and interests of residents and tourists in el Gouna. Six very inspring designs were the result!

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